21 Jump Street was one of the biggest surprises of 2012 both critically and commercially – so it should come as no surprise that a sequel has been in the works for awhile now (our previous coverage can be found here and here). At the press junket for Warm Bodies, I had the opportunity to speak briefly with co-star Dave Franco about coping with the film’s surprising popularity and his involvement in the inevitable sequel. At the end of the film, Franco’s character Eric was in precarious waters having been caught and presumably sent away to prison — but Franco said that he’ll still have a presence in the upcoming sequel. Per Franco:
“I’ve heard little things… They claim I’ll be around. Who knows how much they can use me because I’m in jail at this point but I’m hoping they can find a creative way to have me be a pivotal part of the story.”
It’s been 25 years since we were first introduced to 21 Jump Street. The cop drama was a breakout hit that featured a young Johnny Depp and Holly Robinson Peete. The actress, who also appears in the remake, has given the film version her stamp of approval.
Will you be heading to 21 Jump Street? The big screen adaptation of the TV series debuts in theaters Friday and stars Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill.
The film centers on two young cops that go undercover at a high school to bust a drug ring. It takes a few notes from the show, which ran from 1987-1991.
The original 21 Jump Street is best known for kick-starting the career of Johnny Depp. Depp starred as Officer Tom Hanson opposite Holly Robinson Peete, who played Sergeant Judy Hoffs.
Depp left the show after the fourth season, while Peete stayed on the entire run. Her allegiance to 21 Jump Street knows no bounds. That’s why she was more than happy to reprise her role for the remake.
According to Zap2it, Peete’s given the new 21 Jump Street her blessing.
“I like Jonah and Channing, I really do,” says Peete. “I think they’re going to do it justice. When I went in to film my cameo, I was amazed at their comedic timing. I felt they could maintain the integrity of the program. But you know, in the end, it’s a comedy; it’s about making people laugh.”
If you look closely, you can catch Peete’s cameo in the 21 Jump Street trailer. She’s the one that introduces Tatum and Hill’s characters to the famous program.
Peete’s come a long way from her days as an undercover cop. After 21 Jump Street was canceled, she moved on to the ’90s sitcoms Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper and For Your Love.
Most recently she appeared on CBS’ The Talk and the hit comedy, Mike & Molly.
Where in the world is Johnny Depp?
By now you’ve probably heard that the superstar appears in the upcoming 21 Jump Street flick, Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum’s reboot of the television series that launched Depp’s career.
We’re not spilling on who he plays (don’t want to ruin the surprise!), but we can tell you…
He did not reprise his original role of Officer Tom Hanson for the movie (in theaters March 16).
In fact, Depp goes completely unrecognizable—until the big reveal, that is.
I’m told he spent about three hours in makeup for the transformation for the one-day shoot.
“Even the crew on set didn’t recognize him,” a source reports. “They were telling him what to do and giving him all sorts of direction like he was one of the extras.”
The part was apparently written specifically for Mr. Depp.
New Girl star Jake Johnson, who plays the high school principal in 21 Jump Street, told us back in October that Depp’s appearance was “more than just a moment.”
It certainly is.
P.S.: 21 Jump Street will premiere at South by Southwest on Monday. I’ll be there getting you all the scoop!
As a star of the original “21 Jump Street” television show, Holly Robinson Peete reveals she will have a cameo in the new film, but how does the film differ from the TV show? Plus, what was it like working with Johnny Depp before he became a megastar? Also, she has guest starred on “Mike and Molly” a few times already, so how many more times is she scheduled to be on the show?
Despite her exit from “The Talk,” the star nabbed a cameo in the upcoming big screen reboot of “21 Jump Street,” based on her classic TV series that co-starred Johnny Depp.
“I was given an opportunity to do a cameo in the movie… it’s not your parent’s ‘21 Jump Street,’” she told Billy of the movie due out in March. “It’s Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill, they have tremendous chemistry; it’s very tongue-in-cheek and very funny and lots of cussing!”
For a while it looked as if Johnny Depp wouldn’t be able to make an appearance in the upcoming 21 Jump Street, an adaptation of the TV show that made him famous back in the 80s. Depp wanted to make an appearance but claimed nobody had asked him, but then rumor had it that Depp would indeed be making a cameo, because come on, the people making this movie aren’t stupid. If you’ve got Johnny Depp wanting to make a cameo, you give him a cameo, no matter what you’re making.
But now, according to Jake Johnson, the star of the new sitcom The New Girl who also has a role in 21 Jump Street, Depp’s appearance might be more than just a walk-on cameo. In fact, the role is so big that Johnson himself actually auditioned for it, and thought he had a good shot at getting it before his agent broke the news. Here’s how he explained it to The Today Show:
“It’s a really fun part and I went to my agent afterwards and I was like, ‘Hey man, I killed it!’ I was like…I think I’ve got a really good shot. And he goes, ‘For which character?’ and I said the character and he goes, ‘Yeah, you know, that’s Johnny Depp’s part if he wants it.'”
Johnson eventually got cast as the principal of the school where Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum’s undercover cop characters enroll, so it all ended pretty well. But now I’m really dying to know exactly how big a part Depp will play in the film, and how meta it might get given his history with the story. Are we looking at a Wedding Crashers kind of situation, where Depp is a washed-up iconic of the past who warns the new cops not to turn out like he did? Are we looking at a Tom Cruise-in-Tropic Thunder kind of silly performance? Or is Johnson just adding another layer of mystery on top of what’s really just a regular cameo? The movie hits theaters on March 16 next year, and if the people behind it are smart, they’ll keep this under wraps so we can all be properly surprised when the time comes.